You may not approve of his methods, but there is no denying that after just a single game in the American Hockey League with the Toronto Marlies, Maple Leafs forward Scott Sabourin has made an impression on the team that signs his paycheck.
On Friday the Toronto Marlies were facing off against the Laval Rocket, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, and it was just seconds into the game before Sabourin made his presence known in a major way. After a turnover by the Rocket at the blue line just 15 seconds into the game, Sabourin found himself with a great scoring opportunity.
Unfortunately as Sabourin tired to cut in front of the goaltender he did not create a scoring chance but instead managed to bulldoze the Rocket's goaltender which just happened to be Cayden Primeau on that night. The impact was so violent that it send Primeau sliding all the way across the ice until he was finally stopped by the boards where he would lay in the corner for a few moments before eventually getting back to his feet. Even more unfortunate for the Rocket was the fact that the pain was not over.
Following his crushing of Primeau, the Rocket's players were understandably upset, and as a result two of them decided to skate up to Sabourin and give the enforcer a piece of their mind, big mistake. Now I don't believe for a second that the Rocket's Lukas Vejdemo had any intention of fighting an enforcer with National Hockey League experience, but Sabourin was not taking any chances with two players in his face and immediately went on the offensive. The Leafs forward dropped his gloves to the ice with just 23 seconds off the game clock and began to pummel Vejdemo with a series of stiff looking punches, something that Vejdemo was clearly not happy about after the officials separated them.
As I said it made an impression on someone watching from the big club because Sabourin has since been called up by the Maple Leafs, perhaps in anticipation of their match up against the Ottawa Senators this weekend, Sabourin's former team.